FC Surestream continues to thrust brightly in their maiden season in the second-tier Southern Region Football League (SRFL) Premier Division, finishing the first-round with an eight-point cushion.
The academy beat second-placed Zomba United 1-0 and the slender scoreline was an accurate reflection of an affair that ebbed and flowed and served up scares until the final frantic moments.
Surestream has finished the first-round with 53 points and despite the loss, United remain on second position with 45 points. Max Bullets also have 45 points, but are third due to an inferior goal difference.
The league’s leading scorer Bernard ‘Dilo’ Chimaimba scored the priceless goal for Surestream in the first-half after an interlude of eye-catching passes. It was Chimaimba’s 16th strike of the season.
Despite the win, Surestream’s technical director Peter Mponda was far from being impressed with his team’s performance.
“We find solace in that we have collected full points, but our performance today was awful. We could have done better than we did.
“In the first-half, we outplayed them completely, but we struggled in the second half. It’s a wonderful feeling to finish the first-round at the top, but as I keep on saying, to us this is a learning curve and not winning the league,” said Mponda.
His Zomba counterpart Noel Alinafe Gobede blamed his charges for ball-watching.
“We allowed them to play their passing game and that cost us the match, we were ball watching. Besides that, officiation left a lot to be desired. It was not fair,” said Gobede whose team has one game to wind up the first-round.
In another match, Evirom held Bvumbwe Research to a 1-all draw in Bvumbwe.
Peter Chilopi scored for Bvumbwe while Evirom pulled level through an own goal. Bvumbwe have finished the first-round on fifth position with 44 points. On fourth position also with 44 points, but are separated by goal difference.